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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Loro (2018) Ed Potton It's tonally all over the place, and significant characters disappear without warning. Yet the force and style of the storytelling, plus Toni Servillo's bravura performance as Berlusconi, often paper over those cracks. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 Red Joan (2018) Kevin Maher How do you bring the legendary stage director Trevor Nunn together with the peerless screen icon Judi Dench, hand them a real-life wartime spy story that's full of sex and intrigue, and a race to build a nuclear bomb, yet still, somehow, end up with this? EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Ed Potton Armour-plated self-confidence is kind of her thing. She's undeniably magnificent. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 () Carol Midgley David Attenborough took a sterner, pissed-off tone last night, grimacing in an anorak in the middle of a field, as though his patience was nearly spent. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Lost Prince (2003) Times (UK) Staff Stephen Poliakoff delivers a visually sumptuous two-part drama that unfurls these seismic events through the innocent, idiot-savant eyes of a little boy in a sailor suit, witnessing, but excluded from, his family's trials. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
5/5 Yuli (2018) Kevin Maher The genius in the film is in how each section feeds each other, and indeed needs each other (the dance comments on the drama, and vice versa), and produces a wholly original and deeply affecting movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 Hellboy (2019) Kevin Maher This is the Vitamix school of film-making. Cram everything into the blender, add gore and press "whizz". EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 Mid90s (2018) Ed Potton Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 Little (2019) Kevin Maher It becomes very tiresome very quickly. And, no, the film's central message, that it's important to, like, "be yourself", doesn't help. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 Wild Rose (2018) Kevin Maher Wild Rose tries its best, with almost wall-to-wall tap-along country ditties and a gushing, gurning, stage-set finale. It's not enough, though. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 Wonder Park (2019) Kevin Maher It's hard to dismiss Wonder Park out of hand. It's a film for tots that's asking genuinely huge questions, mostly about the nature of play as an act of denial...And for that alone it's worthy of attention and respect. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
() Hugo Rifkind Honestly, I got nothing out of this beyond despair. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Kevin Maher I found the film tendentious and sophomoric, and Lazzaro's Forrest Gump imitation inevitably tedious. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 () Ed Potton It's affecting stuff -- there are few things more moving than tough men getting emotional. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 Missing Link (2019) Ed Potton It's a witty global adventure full of bravura set pieces and sharp, stylised characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 Trautmann (2018) Ed Potton The extraordinary true story of Burt Trautmann...gets a warm if corny retelling in Marcus H Rosenmüller's drama. The on-field action is decently handled, as is Trautmann's initial ostracism for his medal-winning deeds in the Second World War. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Kevin Maher The initial scene-setting is strong, but the film quickly becomes a mess. The tortuous subplot about the dark childhood of mum Rachel...is a drain. The "spooky wood" effects are laughable...The final horror climax is wearisome and predictable. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
1/5 Holy Lands (Les Terres Saintes) (1970) Kevin Maher There's a sliver of a plot about Harry raising pigs and his family feeling sad, but all is lost within a cacophony of bum notes and fake emotion. Howlingly bad. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Kevin Maher In context and considering the movie monstrosities that have preceded it, Shazam! is irrepressibly fresh and wholesome, and ultimately suggests a new and exciting future for the stars of the DC Extended Universe. Up, up and away! EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Kevin Maher That this same blockbuster should turn out to be utterly soulless and the cinematic equivalent of a tacky Vandevere production is a gorgeously satisfying irony, and certainly the most interesting element of an otherwise vapid, uninspired remake. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 The Vanishing (2018) Kevin Maher The ending is savage, but the real surprise is in the performance of Butler. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Marie Antoinette (2006) Wendy Ide Sofia Coppola's giddy, girly and defiantly revisionist Marie Antoinette didn't deserve the reaction it got in Cannes earlier this year. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
In the Cut (2003) Jason Solomons Campion excels in the erotic... She is, however, clearly useless at thrillers, and the final stages of this film fall just short of risible. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) Wendy Ide A lovely, slightly wistful, tragicomedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
MacGruber (2010) Kate Muir An action-comedy-thriller (although the term "dud" is better), MacGruber is based on a recurring American Saturday Night Live sketch -- a joke funny for 20 seconds, but not 99 minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) James Christopher The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift is another dismal chapter in a franchise that started promisingly enough with Rob Cohen's rebel-with-too-much-horse-power-but-lots-of-chicks. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Kevin Maher The narrative, occasionally, perhaps in a bid for authenticity, moves fitfully. But the ending is tense and Costner and co-star Woody Harrelson (as his former partner) enjoy a robust onscreen chemistry. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
0/5 Lords of Chaos (2018) Kevin Maher Released into a culture that's experiencing a knife-crime epidemic, this 18-certificate film, which climaxes with another relentless and fetishised stabbing scene, feels almost bannable. Almost. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Kevin Maher the character becomes, by the end of this fascinating film, a self-lacerating cri de coeur from an artist who felt he could do, and probably deserved, better. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Se rokh (2018) Ed Potton Provocative without being hectoring. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Kevin Maher Reflecting the fundamental upset in Van Gogh, it articulates better than any "traditional" biopic before the sense of an artist struggling with the limits of the visual, and reaching farther, for something beyond. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 Out of Blue (2018) Ed Potton Even if some of the smart-arse tricks don't come off, Out of Blue is always stylish and often compelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Hugo Rifkind The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was a perfect contained tale of the now. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Carol Midgley Most interesting were the interviews with the brave whistleblowers who had initially "drunk the Kool-Aid", but eventually walked away. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 () James Jackson Being absurd, inexplicable, even surreal, Berry's mad half-hour made total sense. Unlike Brexit, on the other hand, it was over all too swiftly. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 Sorry Angel (2018) Kevin Maher Mostly it's an enervating portrait, stodgy and flaccid, of two twits in love. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Kevin Maher Mostly the documentary, which was finished by the Icelandic-Canadian film-maker Sturla Gunnarsson, leaves you with a profound sense of a life cut short and a mission incomplete. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 Un Viaje a la Luna (2018) Ed Potton It has the best teenage disco sequence I've seen in years. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 Minding the Gap (2018) Kevin Maher It is impossibly gripping, terribly personal, but always compassionate. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Kevin Maher Richardson and Sprouse attack their roles with gusto, never patronising the material. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 The White Crow (2018) Ed Potton If The White Crow is occasionally a little bit clumsy, its spirit is perfect. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Kevin Maher The film, ultimately, is about spills and thrills, masterfully executed. It will, however, leave you with the nagging feeling that the many messages and meanings haven't quite yet coalesced into a watertight narrative concept. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Escape From Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess (2018) Gabriel Tate Escape from Dubai proved a damning indictment of an antediluvian, intrinsically unjust regime that seems, like so many others in the region, to operate above the law and beneath the contempt of anyone with any respect for human rights. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 The Fight (2018) Ed Potton Hynes, as ever, oozes resilience and honesty. As well as showing off a mean right hook, she has crafted a moving tribute to shattered middle age. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 What Men Want (2019) Kevin Maher As a film it is almost impossible to place on the ideological spectrum...Yet, from the first few scenes of this crackpot endeavour, it becomes blatantly obvious that it might not even matter. Because it is funny. And it is good. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Kevin Maher [Roberts] plays Ben's mother with sadness, desperation and inner steel. She is the primary reason to see this film. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Kevin Maher A jaded formula and hoary clichés slowly strangle the goodness out of this sweet and cuddly true-life tale of Cornish fishermen turned chart-topping pop stars. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Kevin Maher What's best about the film, though, is its concession to tenderness. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 The Prodigy (2019) Kevin Maher Not even an amiable central performance from Taylor Schilling...and some early atmospheric mood-setting can save this "demon child" knock-off from its ineptitude. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Girl (2018) Ed Potton Having seen the film, this cis critic certainly wouldn't claim to understand the reality of life as a trans person. It makes me want to, though. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019